Article written by Andy Turton, Director of X4 Technology.
The games industry has experienced tremendous growth globally and is now a legitimate entertainment medium and a booming industry. Nearly half of all global gamers are women but the representation of females in the games themselves are much lower. Gender representation and equality is an issue that has been the focus of much inquiry and consideration in the gaming community.
New data from the University of Sheffield, shows that things are changing. Backed by games industry trade body Ukie, it conducted a census of more than 3,200 game developers in Britain, and discovered a young and increasingly diverse workforce. The researchers found that two-thirds of the UK’s game development workforce is 35 or under; 28% are women and 2% non-binary; 10% come from BAME backgrounds; 28% come from somewhere other than the UK; and 21% identify as LGBTQ.